Definition and characteristics of Bohemian
The term Bohemian originally referred to the free-spirited gypsies and decadent intellectuals. However, in this year's fashion world and even the entire fashion industry, Bohemian symbolizes the famous clothing of tassels, ruffles, and giant swing skirts and has become a synonym for freedom, passion, and unrestrained. It represents unprecedented romanticism, dollarization, and liberalization. It also represents an artistic temperament, a fashion trend, and an anti-traditional lifestyle. Its intense colors, and intricate designs bring people a strong visual impact and mysterious atmosphere, which is the most significant impact on the minimalist style in recent years.
Definition of Bohemian-style clothing
Boho dresses are a product of the Bohemian spirit. Bohemian-style clothing does not simply refer to the ethnic attire of the local people of Bohemia. The "appearance" of clothing is not limited to Bohemian ethnic clothing and gypsy-style clothing. It is a modern multicultural product based on the national costumes of the Czech Republic, incorporating various ethnic styles. It is a federal style and a fusion form of different ethnic types. It does not adhere to the consistency of detail processing methods and emphasizes the unity of spirit more.
Characteristics of Bohemian-style clothing
Although Bohemian-style clothing has various appearances, it still has some prominent characteristics. Boho dresses overall pay attention to the decoration of local details, simple and delicate, manifested explicitly as:
Characteristics of clothing modeling
The overall clothing shape emphasizes looseness and comfort. The tops are mainly V-neck, U-neck, and one-word collars. The most representative bottoms are A-line long skirts with lengths reaching or exceeding the knees. The hem is comprehensive, and the dress has many horizontal lines and layers of ruffles.
Characteristics of clothing fabrics
Bohemian-style clothing involves many types of fabrics. The main fabrics are natural materials such as cotton, linen, wool, suede, and denim. Some also use synthetic fibers and Lycra-containing fabrics, even using metallic-textured fabrics.
Characteristics of clothing colors
Bohemian ethnic clothing has simple colors, brightness, and grayness. Representative colors are white, red, khaki, camel, coffee, gold, grayish-green, and dark green is also a commonly used color. In terms of color matching, it emphasizes combining intense shades with high color saturation but not too bright; it often uses contrasting colors and black, red, and white as harmonious colors.
Characteristics of detail decoration
The main focus is on local decoration, using embroidery, colored beads, sequins, lace, or fringed edges (drawn warp or weft yarns) for decoration. The main focus of decoration is on the neckline, followed by cuffs, waistlines, or front panels, and the bottoms mainly focus on the hip line or above the skirt hem.
At the same time, Bohemian-style clothing often comes with many accessories, such as wearing multiple necklaces, bracelets, or rings at the same time. Jewelry materials are mainly metal and various textured colored stones. The jewelry size is usually large, with a strong ethnic feel. Belts and bags also have inlaid decorations.
The Dominant Role of Printed Patterns in Bohemian-Style Clothing
Many elements make up boho dress styles, such as prints, pleats, embroidery, beads, sequins, tassels, lace, fringes, and various exaggerated accessories. However, the most dominant element among these is still the printed patterns. Flowing silk printed maxi skirts are the ultimate representation of the Bohemian style.
The Dominant Role of Printed Patterns
In Bohemian style, printed patterns are involved in every aspect, whether in accessories, headscarves, or long skirts, and they are used extensively. They cover the full headscarf or long dress, pushing patterns to the extreme. In contrast, other elements like pleats, beads, sequins, and tassels are used more sparingly. At first glance, the most striking and memorable part of an entire outfit is the rich and diverse patterns. The extensive use of ways creates a strong visual impact that cannot be matched by other elements, making printed designs the dominant component of the Bohemian style.
Colors of Printed Patterns
The colors of Bohemian-style prints generally lean towards the obscure abstract paintings of Picasso, the mottled and aged medieval religious images, and the intricate and confusing natural marble patterns. The colors are mixed, chaotic, and breathtaking. Dark gray, deep blue, black, bright red, orange, rose red, and the famous "rose gray" are the base colors of this style, which are intense but not flashy, often using contrasting colors and pairing with black, red, and white as harmonizing colors. Because of these rich and intense colors, people have a general impression of Bohemian-style clothing: passionate and unrestrained.
Types of Printed Patterns
Regarding patterns, ethnic motifs are dominant, emphasizing the color and decoration of individual designs; irregular patterns and colorful broad stripes are primarily horizontal. Large, mottled floral patterns cover long skirts with a pastoral and vintage feel. Irregularly shaped large flowers, circular ethnic designs with a strong Gypsy style, tarot cards, divination tables, and various wide and narrow colorful stripes all make up the leading forms of Bohemian prints. With the popularity of the Bohemian style worldwide, Bohemian-style clothing has begun incorporating decorative techniques from many ethnic groups, expanding the range of materials used. For example, decorative elements from various Chinese ethnic minority costumes are widely used in Bohemian style, becoming a part of Bohemian printed patterns. A most representative Bohemian piece is a pleated A-line maxi skirt made of cotton, coarse linen, or heavy-washed silk or adorned with cut-outs, Bohemian embroidery, elegant ruffles, or tassels. It can also feature irregular patterns or be patched with different fabric styles. In short, it is intricate, luxurious, and constantly showcases its uniqueness.
In particular, using prints on maxi skirts has reached its pinnacle. With pure cotton fabric printed with pastoral large floral patterns, cut-out designs with Gypsy-style geometric patterns, mysterious tarot card patterns, or newly incorporated Chinese-style prints, all these elements are fully displayed and utilized in Bohemian maxi skirts. The great fabric of the dress and the A-line shape provides plenty of room for the patterns to develop and be displayed, allowing for great freedom in pattern size and shape. Therefore, the presentation of prints on A-line skirts is unparalleled.